My name’s Mary, I’m a 21 year-old Christian wife who hopes to encourage women to nourish and strengthen their body, soul, and mind. I currently reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with my hubby/best friend/high school sweetheart, Alastair. We’re both originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, where we met back in the Fall of 2012. We got engaged in March, 2016 and were married on December 29th, 2016. I work as a full-time nanny while my fella goes to school at Calvin College. As we’ve taken on this adventure of being on our own out here in Michigan I’ve had the opportunity to hold onto and grow closer to God. Starting this new and beautiful life with my husband has come with the hardship of homesickness, but there have been so many blessings and so much positivity that has come from that struggle! While I’ve drawn closer to God in this time I have also enjoyed diving deeper into my passion for health and fitness. I truly believe that women have such a unique and beautiful strength that deserves to be cared for and nourished. I’ve named this blog “Strength, Faith, Positivity” because I believe these things reflect what I strive for in order to have a balanced life: a strong body, a deep and profound faith, and a positive mindset. I’ve come to believe that a healthy and balanced lifestyle can be attainable and realistic no matter the craziness you may deal with daily. I hope to share these things with you as I continue to learn and grow, and I hope that you’ll join this journey with me!
Mary Van Maren.